Board Converting News, August 2, 2021

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by allowing smooth separation of the liquid barrier coating from the paper. When OptiCycle is repulped, approximate- ly 98 percent of the fiber is recovered, which means that almost the entire cup can be used to make other paper products. “Paper cups made with renewable fiber are a great on- the-go beverage option for brands and consumers,” said Michael Doss, Graphic Packaging’s President and CEO. “OptiCycle’s advanced coating technology is water-based, requires less coating material and increases the amount of fiber that can be recovered when it is recycled.” “There is considerable focus on creating products with the future of our planet in mind,” said Ricardo De Genova, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation and New Busi- ness Development. “Sustainability is at the center of our in- novation efforts at Graphic Packaging. With OptiCycle, we are taking another step in the journey for a better planet, enabling customers to achieve their sustainability goals, and helping them feel even better about fiber-based pack- aging as an alternative to plastics.” The development of this leading-edge technology is well aligned with the company’s Vision 2025, leveraging its sustainability profile to generate new packaging solu- tions that reduce environmental impact. “We’re excited to introduce our new line of foodservice packaging in sup- port of the move to a more circular economy,” said Doss. Visit for more information on the company’s new OptiCycle line.

After dinner, the AICC Midwest Region Scholarship Winners were recognized and presented with $5,000 checks. Ally Bertrand, daughter of Todd Bertrand of Au- tomatan, and his wife Lynn, was one of the two winners. Ally recently graduated from the Stevens Point Area High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and will be attending the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point this fall to pur- sue a Nursing Degree. The second winner was Sara Jones, daughter of Greg Jones of Sun Automation Group, and his wife Karen. Sara is a recent graduate of Fallston High School in Fallston, Maryland, and will be attending the University of Alabama to pursue a Nursing Degree. Congratulations goes out to these winners as well as all the impressive applicants! Graphic Packaging Launches Line Of ‘Alternative’ Foodservice Packaging Atlanta, Georgia based Graphic Packaging has announced the release of OptiCycle, a new line of non-polyethylene (PE) coated, single-use foodservice packaging that pro- vides an alternative to traditional PE and polylactic acid (PLA) coated products. The first packaging solution of its kind to be commercialized by a domestic supplier in North America, OptiCycle is made to be more easily recyclable


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